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Celebrating the Ultimate Girls Weekend at the Disney Princess Half Marathon

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


It was the ultimate runDisney girls weekend as more than 49,500 registered runners participated in the Disney Princess Half Marathon presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Walt Disney World Resort.

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From our princesses-in-waiting competing in the runDisney Kids Races, to more experienced princesses participating in the Disney Princess 5K, the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K and the Disney Princess Half Marathon, the weekend was filled celebrating the attributes of a true princess – commitment, perseverance and determination.

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The crowning moment came on Sunday when more than 24,000 runners participated in the Half Marathon. The 13.1-mile journey took runners to Magic Kingdom Park, through Cinderella Castle and finished with a royal celebration just outside Epcot. Waiting for runners was one of the most coveted rewards, the Disney Princess Half Marathon Tiara Finisher Medal. And for those special princesses registered for the Glass Slipper Challenge, completing the 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday (19.3 total miles), an additional medal was bestowed upon them, the Glass Slipper Challenge Medal.

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Although every runner had something to celebrate, one runner’s journey was just a little more magical.

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After falling on ice and breaking her hip one year ago, and fearing she would never run again, 30-year-old Lauren Passell from New York City was the winner of the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Dressed in a Tinker Bell-inspired outfit, Passell had a winning time of 1:22:59. She was followed by second-place finisher Heather Schulz of Orlando (1:23:28) and Mariela Ortiz of Argentina was third (1:23:45).

Congratulations to Lauren Passell and all who ran and celebrated like a princess. We hope the following video helps you relive your accomplishment. And for those who weren’t able to participate, we hope it inspires you to join us February 2016.

For more information about Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend and other runDisney events, visit runDisney.com.

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Watch Princess Half Marathon Live

posted on February 22nd, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Right now you can share in the excitement of the Disney Princess Half Marathon presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by replaying a live video stream of the start and finish lines.

Your chance to track and watch runners cross the finish line and share in their celebration “live” begins by clicking on one of the two boxes below. One stream started at 5:00 a.m. and included the start line, multiple cameras and social media feeds. The other began at 6:30 a.m. and was an interrupted stream from the finish line.

Princess Half Marathon Start Line:

To view the full size version of the Princess Half Marathon, click here.

Princess Half Marathon Finish Line:

To view the full size version of the Princess Half Marathon, click here.

You can join in the social media conversation on Twitter and Instagram by using #PrincessHalf.

After the race come back to the Disney Parks Blog and replay both feeds.

For more information on the Disney Princess Half Marathon and other runDisney event weekends, visit runDisney.com.

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You Will Fly for These Tinker Bell Half Marathon Finisher Medals

posted on February 19th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


You set a goal, you started your training and now you get to see what waits for you in May at the finish line of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon presented by PANDORA Jewelry at the Disneyland Resort.

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Today I am excited to show you all the finisher medals for Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, including the inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge medal for those running the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday.

Disney is all about storytelling and these runDisney medals are no exception. To help get the story behind the “bling”, I went straight to the man behind the medals, Disney Art Director Scott Auerbach. He designed this year’s finisher medals.

The Never Land 5K medallion features the Lost Boys. These boys have always been popular with our guests, and Auerbach feels their playful and adventurous attitude is a perfect fit for the family fun run.

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Auerbach says his goal for the Tinker Bell 10K was to create a medal that included Tinker Bell’s friends from Pixie Hollow. He decided to go with five fairies, and when combined you get a total of 10 wings, one for each kilometer of your journey. The medal is enhanced with a pearlescent texture on the wings. This gives a light shifting reflection and depth that really makes the wings come to life.

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The Tinker Bell Half Marathon finisher medal again features Tink herself. Surrounded by wings, Tink spins in the center of the medal, and it is sprinkled with a little pixie dust color to help you fly.

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In designing the inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge finisher medal, Auerbach drew inspiration from the movie “The Pirate Fairy.” In the film, Tinker Bell and her friends set out to find Zarina who took the Blue Pixie Dust. On their journey each of the fairies’ “talents” are switched and this puts them in an uncomfortable and unfamiliar situation. However, in order to find Zarina and the Blue Pixie Dust, they must accept these new talents and work together. Through persistence and teamwork they were able to find the Pixie Dust and recover their friend Zarina. Aurbach says this medal represents the challenges that Tinker Bell and her friends faced and the various talents used to accomplish their goals. Each icon represents the talents of Tinker Bell (tinker talent), Silvermist (water talent), Vidia (fast-flying talent), Rosetta (garden talent), Iridessa (light talent), and Fawn (animal talent).

Auberach says, “Like the fairies, we can accept new challenges and with a little persistence, learning new talents, and working together, we can all achieve incredible goals.”

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We hope you like these medals and that they provide the motivation you need to complete your training. For those not registered for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, I hope these inspire you to join us for a future runDisney event weekend and get your “bling”.

See you at the finish line in May.

For more information about Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend and other runDisney event weekends, visit runDisney.com.

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Share in The Magic With ‘Live’ Stream of the Disney Princess Half Marathon

posted on February 18th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


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On Sunday more than 24,000 women will create magical memories when they participate in the Disney Princess Half Marathon presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and you can share in the excitement “live” from your computer, tablet or cell phone.

runDisney is excited to offer this opportunity for friends and family, and those just wanting to checkout a runDisney event, to “click-in” and watch dreams come true. Followers will be able to track runners as they run 13.1-miles through the Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot, and then join in “live” for a royal celebration at the finish line.

Guests that go to the Disney Parks Blog will have two live streams to choose from. One stream begins at 5:00 a.m. and includes the start line, multiple cameras and social media feeds. The other begins at 6:30 a.m. and features an uninterrupted stream from the finish line.

You can join in the social media conversation on Twitter and Instagram by using #PrincessHalf.

After the race come back to the Disney Parks Blog for your chance to replay both feeds.

For more information on Disney Princess Half Marathon and other runDisney race weekends, visit runDisney.com.

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Nick Arciniaga Wins First-Ever Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland Resort

posted on January 18th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Nick Arciniaga wins inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon

The Force was strong with Nick Arciniaga this morning at the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation at the Disneyland Resort. The Fountain Valley, Calif. native made the jump to hyperspace to win with a time of 1:08:13. Jennifer Berry, 34, of Denver, blasted across the finish line as the female winner with a personal record of 1:22:34. Both athletes won the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon, and Berry was also the top female finisher at the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon this year at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Arciniaga and Berry outran a galaxy of more than 12,200 runners in the new 13.1-mile intergalactic journey through Disneyland Resort and Anaheim area streets where a variety of Disney entertainment, including Star Wars characters, cheered on runners at every mile.

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More than 23,000 runners started races during the four-day event weekend, which included a variety of race experiences for all levels, from Padawans to Jedi Masters – the runDisney Kids Races, the Star Wars 5K, the Star Wars 10K and the Star Wars Half Marathon. And for an ultimate test for Star Wars rebels, there was the Star Wars Rebel Challenge – a two-race challenge that combined the Star Wars 10K on Saturday with the Star Wars Half Marathon on Sunday. Jedi runners who finished the 19.3-mile challenge earned a special Star Wars Rebel Challenge finisher medal in addition to medals for the 10K and half marathon.

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The Winner of the ESPN Cheer On Your Disney Side Contest is …

posted on January 12th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


The votes are counted and the results are in. The winner of the ESPN Cheer On Your Disney Side contest is – Rutgers University!

After casting more than 47,000 votes, you selected the Scarlet Knights as the top cheer and dance squad in the national competition sponsored by ESPN, in collaboration with Disney Parks and Varsity Spirit.

Dozens of schools from across the country submitted routines choreographed to one of four Disney Parks inspired songs. Four finalists were selected by a panel of judges; Auburn University, Louisiana State University, Rutgers University and Santa Monica College. Today, Rutgers will be announced as the winner on ESPN during the network’s pre-game coverage of the College Football Playoff National Championship.

The Scarlet Knight dance squad wins a $100,000 grant from ESPN and a team trip to Walt Disney World Resort.

The Knights winning routine was inspired by “it’s a small world” and featured team members dressed as their favorite Disney princesses. Lacking energy and enthusiasm, the Scarlet Knight brings the princesses together to inspire the squad and bring back their spirit.

Congratulations to Rutgers University and all the schools who shared their Disney Side.

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Brazilian Runners Dominate Walt Disney World Marathon

posted on January 11th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


After four days of runDisney events, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna wrapped up this morning with more than 26,700 registered runners competing in the marathon. Runners from more than 60 countries and all 50 states made the 26.2 mile trek through all four Disney theme parks, Walt Disney World Speedway and ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. Waiting for them at the finish line was the commemorative Mickey Finisher Medal.

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For the second year in a row, Fredison Costa from Brazil, who recently moved to Orlando to train, finished with a time of 2:18:06 and ran away with the overall title. Brazilians dominated the event by taking the top four positions in the men’s division.

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Giovanna Martins continued the Brazilian domination as the top female winner, with a finishing time of 2:50:20.

The marathon capped off a four-day celebration of running that included a 5K, 10K, half marathon and kids races.

For the first time, friends and family of runners were able to watch a live video stream of the start and finish lines of the half and full marathon on the Disney Parks Blog. Runners are invited to go the Disney Parks Blog to replay and relive their accomplishment.

But before you do that, here is a chance for you to relive this morning’s race.

Next up, Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort, January 15-18.

For more information on runDisney event weekends, visit runDisney.com.

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Replay Our Live Stream of The Walt Disney World Marathon

posted on January 11th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


This is your chance to share in the excitement of a runDisney start and finish line. You can now watch a replay of your friends, family and thousands from around the world start and finish the Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna. The 26.2-mile journey started just outside Epcot on Epcot Center Drive, and took runners through the Magic Kingdom, on the track of the Walt Disney World Speedway, through Animal Kingdom, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and finished in the shadow of Spaceship Earth outside Epcot.

Below is a choice of two live streams. The first includes the start line, multiple cameras and social media feeds. The second, an uninterrupted stream from the finish line.

You can join in the runDisney social media conversation by using #WDWMarathon.

For more information on the half marathon, marathon and other runDisney event weekends, visit runDisney.com.

Walt Disney World Marathon:

To view the full size version of the Walt Disney World Marathon, click here.

Walt Disney World Marathon Finish Line:

To view the full size version of the Walt Disney World Marathon Finish Line, click here.

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Replay Our Live Stream of The Walt Disney World Half Marathon

posted on January 10th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


This is your chance to replay the excitement of a runDisney start and finish line. Check out replays of our live streams from earlier today as your friends, family and thousands from around the world start and finish the Walt Disney World Half Marathon presented by Cigna. The 13.1-mile journey started just outside Epcot on Epcot Center Drive, and took runners to the Magic Kingdom, through Cinderella Castle, back to Epcot, past Spaceship Earth, and finished in the Epcot parking area.

Your chance to track, watch runners cross the finish line and share in their celebration “live” begins by viewing the video feeds below.

Below is a choice of two live streams. The first includes the start line, multiple cameras and social media feeds. The second, an uninterrupted stream from the finish line.

You can join in the runDisney social media conversation by using #WDWHalf.

For more information on the half marathon, marathon and other runDisney event weekends, visit runDisney.com.

Walt Disney World Half Marathon Start Line:

To view the full size version of the Walt Disney World Half Marathon Start Line, click here.

Walt Disney World Half Marathon Finish Line:

To view the full size version of the Walt Disney World Half Marathon Finish Line, click here.

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Watch Walt Disney World Half & Full Marathons Live On The Disney Parks Blog

posted on January 8th, 2015 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


We are off and running – literally. This morning the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna officially got underway with the Walt Disney World 5K.

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It was exciting to join thousands of runners at Epcot and brave the unseasonable cool temperature and run the 3.1 mile course around World Showcase, past Spaceship Earth, and cross the finish line to earn a runDisney 5K finisher medal. The costumes, energy and Disney spirit were amazing. It was fun to see first-time runners, and runners of all ages and nationalities enjoying the fun run.

This morning’s run kicks off a four-day celebration of running, which includes runDisney Kids’ Races, Walt Disney World 10K tomorrow, Walt Disney World Half Marathon on Saturday and Walt Disney World Marathon on Sunday.

That leads me to share some exciting news. The Disney Parks Blog and runDisney want to share the excitement of the start and finish lines of our events. Building off the success of live video streams for the holidays, we will “live’ stream the half marathon on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday.

Family and friends, and those wanting to see what a runDisney event is all about, will be able to visit the Disney Parks Blog both days starting at 5 a.m., and watch the start and finish of both races. You will be able to track, watch runners cross the finish line and share in their celebration.

We are always looking for ways to enhance our runner and guest experience, and hope this live stream allows you to share in the magic of a runDisney event.

For more information on runner tracking and runDisney events, visit runDisney.com.

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